Carmelo Anthony’s recent hot streak, while great to watch, has complicated things with the New York Knicks as an organization. On one hand, his torrid scoring has led the Knicks to two straight victories and solidified him as a Madison Square Garden hero. For now, Anthony’s name is in the record books at MSG for most points scored.
However, it’s also likely made it difficult for the Knicks’ front office to think clearly on ‘Melo’s impending free agency. With Anthony likely to opt out at the end of the season, the Knicks have a few decisions to face. Do they trade him before the February deadline so they don’t risk losing him for nothing? (This is unlikely). Do they let him go to free agency and offer him the full max. contract that’s one year long and $30 million more lucrative than any other team’s offer? Do they thank him for his time and simply let him walk away? Do they try to barter a sign-and-trade with him if he wants to go to another team? It’s a complicated situation.
ESPN New York reported today, however, that Carmelo Anthony’s wife, La La Anthony (formerly Vazquez) says Anthony will “definitely” stay in New York. Via Ian Begley:
“I definitely think he will stay. I know that he wants to stay and I support him wherever he wants to go,” La La Anthony said in an interview with Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live.”
La La Anthony playfully mocked those who speculate that she will have heavy influence on her husband’s decision.
“I get blamed for everything — no matter what happens, it’s my fault,” she said. “[There are] all these talks if he’s staying in New York or not [and] I’m somehow the mastermind behind if he stays or not.”
Of course, it’s hard to question the person closest to ‘Melo himself. However, it’s important not to put much stock into the whole thing. I’m sure Anthony and La La have had discussions about his free agency, and ‘Melo probably told her not to hint at the idea of leaving, otherwise it would cause a media uproar. She’s not exactly mum on the topic, but really, what was she supposed to stay?
We’ll just have to keep waiting for it to all be sorted out.